MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

ISP blockades on file-sharing sites lifted after Spanish Court overturns ruling. | Future of Copyright | 

Pirate Bay traffic has doubled post-ISP blocks. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1nr1lxR

IP academic tells Parliamentary Committee he can’t see any basis for the assertions that the iiNet decision needs to be overturned. | ComputerWorld | 

iiNet joins web giants to raise concerns about intermediary liability in secret TPP talks. | IT News | 

Six strikes was not designed to provide courtroom evidence of infringement. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1n5epHj

The troubling truth of why it’s still so hard to share files directly. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1jY1v9v

Embracing the open opportunity: “copyright needs urgent reform”, Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda | Europa | http://bit.ly/1r68ROy

Defamation & media law

Andrew Bolt the latest to apologise over Tony Abbott’s wall punch. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1qMA88y

Australian Government’s latest national security bill to stifle debate. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/1nr2bui

‘Restaurant rules’ – David Rolph’s interview on defamation & the perils of reviewing. | Radio National’s ‘Law Report’ | http://ab.co/UjN60F

Is Google undermining the right to be forgotten? | CNN | http://cnn.it/1qNwCw4

Privacy & information security

UK Data Retention Act passed in record time; fight back has already begun. | TechDirt | 

The UK’s ‘emergency’ DRIP surveillance law is a done deal.  | Gigaom | http://bit.ly/1pqLhsB

I, spy: Edward Snowden in exile. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1jYDKnv “… what you care about is the metadata, because metadata doesn’t lie …”.

Data retention ‘neither necessary nor proportionate’: UNHRC | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1zKuWGg

Data retention held unconstitutional in Slovenia. | Digital Rights Ireland | http://bit.ly/1oXz8wK

Submissions to PJCIS inquiry on National Security Legislation Amendment Bill due 30 July. | APH | http://bit.ly/UjJlZ8

The website that remembers the things Google forgot. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1qSSGlJ

Big data is just a big, distracting bubble that is about to burst, says ‘Doc’ Searls. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1tupF57

The unlikely life of inventor and Hollywood star Hedy Lamarr. | ABC RN | http://ab.co/1tKczkc

18 July 1992, the first photo uploaded to the Web, of CERN’s all-girl science rock band. | Brain Pickings | http://bit.ly/1k4KcJJ

Internet activism worked today. Here’s how to keep the momentum going. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1qaqheI

Social media

Google Plus finally gives up on its ineffective, dangerous real-name policy. | Slate | http://slate.me/1jUzxBn

#thetimeofthegame – When the world watches the World Cup, what does that look like? | The Atlantic | http://theatln.tc/WgSMKH

Facebook, Google and the little people.  | Paul Bernal | http://bit.ly/1n0K5hB

Facebook and engineering the public. | Medium | http://bit.ly/1iRmqA0

Meet Del Harvey, Twitter’s troll patrol.  | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1pX2j24

20 July  2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology (*Updated)

Copyright

 Why Australia should sign the Marrakesh Treaty: Trish Hepworth. | ALIA | http://bit.ly/1j5iNkF

*Australia has now signed the Marrakesh Treaty to give blind and visually impaired people access to books: https://twitter.com/WIPO/status/481059631658434560

“Australia does not have an obligation … to impose liability on internet access providers for their users’ copyright infringements”:  Associate Professor Kimberlee Weatherall. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1p9BnAc

Australian Digital Alliance submission to JSCOT on the Intellectual Property provisions of Korea-Australia Free Trade Agreement. | ADA | http://bit.ly/1m4rz2s

iiNet’s Steve Dalby to Village Roadshow: “It’s not our job to stop online infringers”. | Gizmodo | http://bit.ly/1lj1AZF

Choice Australia on piracy and access to content. | Choice | http://bit.ly/1pH1D4h

New copyright infringement laws will increase piracy: Paul Budde. | Buddle Blog | http://bit.ly/1j5pvY7

Rights holders are ‘control freaks peddling futility-on-a-stick’, says iiNet. | CNET |   Site blocking: does it work? 

7th Circuit confirms Sherlock Holmes is in the public domain. | The IPKat | http://bit.ly/1jIWlxX

Athletes’ tattoo artists file copyright suits, leave indelible mark. | WSJ | http://on.wsj.com/1uAjd81

Defamation and media law

 East Timor elites try to muddle media. | Crikey News | http://bit.ly/1jIRxsq

$600,000 restaurant review: Fairfax loses 11-year defamation battle. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1yEaer5

The “New” New York Times: Free Speech Lawyering in the Age of Google and Twitter. | Harvard Law Review | http://bit.ly/1qE7Lus

A Policy Background Paper: Media Control and Ownership on media diversity. | Department of Communications |

Privacy & information security

ISIS threat justifies greater surveillance, says former defence secretary (UK).  | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1prgCvH

Privacy since Snowden: Mark Stephens. | Project Syndicate | http://bit.ly/1jITDs9

House votes to cut key pursestrings for NSA surveillance. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1w2QSK1

Australian spy agencies in line for new digital surveillance powers. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1rp13WA

Canada: Internet providers can’t provide customer names and addresses to police without a warrant. | CBC | http://bit.ly/1oXi4aL

US: For first time, Appeals Court rules warrant is required for cell phone location tracking. | ACLU | http://bit.ly/1nxtFMh 

Olivia Taters, Robot Teenager. | On the Media | http://bit.ly/V4LMQL

In a single tweet, as many pieces of metadata as there are characters. | WSJ | http://on.wsj.com/1uu3jxF

Time to axe the ‘Australia tax’.  | Choice Australia | http://bit.ly/1yEn1d7

How Amazon is holding Hachette hostage: Cory Doctorow. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1no58qk

Social media

Social media and the Law resources. | Law Institute of Victoria | http://bit.ly/1nw5eNG

What everybody misunderstands about the ROI of social media. | Gary Vaynerchuk | http://bit.ly/U6tfCM

The impact of social media on political journalism: Judith Ireland & Greg Jericho. | APH | http://bit.ly/1lKAPgr (27 June 2014)

Lawyers have been given the green light to scan the social media sites of jurors (US). | ABA | http://bit.ly/V49hcz

23 June  2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

What’s the issue with piracy in Australia? writes Steve Dalby | iiNet | http://bit.ly/1qmIXUE

iiNet calls on consumer fight back to piracy plans. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1hLgWqk  

Chris Berg: Coalition in murky waters in the hunt for online pirates. | The Drum | http://ab.co/1l3ylF3

Web browsing is copyright infringement, publishers argue.  | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1oxU0sR

Professor Jill McKeough’s presentation to the Parliamentary Library on the ALRC’s Inquiry: Copyright and the Digital Economy. | http://bit.ly/1lk7CJ1

Defamation & media law

Overview of the  Australian Centre for Independent Journalism’s ‘Justice Open and Shut’ Symposium held last week. | JournLaw | http://bit.ly/TE1UHP

Chris Kenny: I’ll be remembered as a dog f***er who stood up for his rights. | http://bit.ly/1hoOIBf

Privacy & information security

Intruders to the plugged-in-home, coming in through the Internet. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1pyc4Xt

Privacy is not dead – it’s inevitable.  | Boston Review | http://bit.ly/1kM4RAD

Quantifying privacy: a week of location data may be an unreasonable search.  | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/SuBmHO

NSA systems are so complex we can’t stop them from deleting data wanted for lawsuit. | Washington Post | http://wapo.st/1hD7Nzy

The killer gigabit app? It’s not what you think. “The speed is the app.” | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/1nvgX0E

Debunking the false construct of piracy and high-speed internet adoption. | Ericsson | http://bit.ly/S5l7Rf

Social media

Who’s behind that tweet? Here’s how 7 news organisations manage their Twitter & Facebook accounts. | Nieman Lab | http://bit.ly/1nH1NGo

Emily Parker on Blogging for freedom in Vietnam. | New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1l13Bt6

On my reading list: “Judges, Cyberspace and Social Media” by Judge J. C. Gibson http://bit.ly/1oHQ6ji

10 June  2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Australian government considers graduated response to piracy. | ZDNet | http://zd.net/1hf6Rl3

Copyright trolls suffer big loss. | CNet | http://cnet.co/T3oAky

Spotify chief hits back over piracy.  | Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/1lMHnY4

New data on US 6-strikes copyright system released. | Yahoo Finance | http://yhoo.it/1ks65AS

Joshua Gans on behavioural artists and piracy. | Digitopoly  | http://bit.ly/RSyEeX

Defamation & media law

Hockey’s defamation suit shows need for wider free speech debate. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1kwro47

Privacy & information security

Public event on the state of surveillance. Speakers include Senator Ludlam. Melbourne, 17 June 2014. Details: http://www.webwewant.org.au

The empire strikes back: How Brandeis foreshadowed Snowden and Greenwald. | Salon | http://bit.ly/1nQc2WV

Free speech groups issue new guide to the international ‘necessary and proportionate’ principles. | EFF | http://bit.ly/1mZbuip

Cory Doctorow: You are not a digital native: Privacy in the age of the Internet. | Tor | http://bit.ly/1tjHpuu

NSA collecting millions of faces from web images. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1pIcGqK

Reed Hastings won’t use data to mess with TV plots, and that’s why Netflix will win. | Pando | http://bit.ly/1lWdvbM

The busiest man on the Internet. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1nBTonC

You can’t read all about it anymore: Nick Cohen. | Standpoint | http://bit.ly/1pqDgrf

Google’s new self-driving car has no steering wheels, no brakes and a face designed to be “friendly”. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1jsMn2z

Social media

Making Twitter easier to use. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/SmLen7

Yellow Social Media Report 2014 | Yellow Advertising | http://bit.ly/1kwl7k7

1 June 2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Deal to combat piracy in UK with alerts is ‘imminent’. | BBC News | http://bbc.in/Ql2bgo

How Disney learned to stop worrying and embrace copyright infringement.  | The Salon | http://bit.ly/1nzMu09

Copyright troll demands Comcast’s six strikes data for lawsuit.  | Torrentfreak | http://bit.ly/Rs6d7f

Spotify chief hits back over piracy.  | Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/1lMHnY4

Defamation & media law

Ireland: Court tells Sharkey to take down his tweet. | Independent | http://bit.ly/1iadCiR

E-libel laws the new front line in Pacific battles for freedom. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1jIRksV

Defamation should be law reform focus not racial discrimination: Richard Ackland.  | Sydney Morning Herald | http://bit.ly/1j0oPBT

Privacy & information security

Photos of a NSA “upgrade” factory shows a Cisco router getting an implant. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1jIRksV

Worst day for eBay, multiple flaws leave millions of users vulnerable to hackers. | Hacker News | http://bit.ly/1vUAxbi

We kill people based on metadata.  | The New York Review of Books | http://bit.ly/1mNuIq0

The right response to the right to delete. | Re/code | http://on.recode.net/1ozc7j6

US cybersecurity expert warns against metadata storage.  |  Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/1mwFd0N

Snowden’s first move against the NSA was a party in Hawaii. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1noPAEj

The little conference that kickstarted the Web: Mark Pesce. |  The Drum | http://ab.co/1oYUQCi

Why I was forced to shut down Lavabit. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/TqwHb7

Computer mice: still a thing. | The Atlantic | http://bit.ly/1mzCfNa

Living on Bitcoin a year later: dropping digital dollars at a strip club. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1jwrpoj

Giants behaving badly: Google, Facebook and Amazon show us the downside of monopolies and black-box algorithms. | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/1mfCoSW

Social media

Can an algorithm solve Twitter’s credibility problem? | The New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1j8rA8Z

With update, Snapchat gets a little less private. | The New York Times |http://nyti.ms/1khgzCO

Alleged insider trading case cracked through LinkedIn. | SMH | http://bit.ly/1nHkdWp

A platform and a blogging tool, Medium charms writers. | The New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1nnYrrI

26 May 2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Stop the pirates? Behind Brandis’ copyright crusade. | The Conversation | http://bit.ly/1fHeXlV

Obama: TPP critics have “a lack of knowledge of what is going on in the negotiations”. | InfoJustice | http://bit.ly/1nfHVsJ

The conservative case for taking on the copyright lobby. | Business Insider | http://bit.ly/1mrb1Za

Defamation & media law

Weibo: we can’t censor fast enough to satisfy the Chinese government. | Salon | http://bit.ly/Q2IWZ3

Protecting journalists’ sources: don’t take your smart phone. | Global Voices | http://bit.ly/1i89iE4

Privacy & information security

Everyone is under surveillance now, says Edward Snowden. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1q31NUt

We need online alter egos now more than ever. | Wired | http://wrd.cm/1mr8MVU

Is the EU really about to outlaw mass data surveillance? | Wired (UK) | http://bit.ly/RgPS5K

Coca-Cola is using facial recognition technology on fridges in Australia to sell more drinks. | Business Insider | http://bit.ly/1js2h1k

How one woman hid her pregnancy from big data. | Mashable | http://on.mash.to/1iXB6M4

Baby monitor hacker still terrorizing babies and their parents. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1ky1VCU

Technology

ATO to coin new rules after crypto-currency talks. | Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/1g04c8L

Judge’s ruling spells bad news for U.S. cloud providers. | GigaOm | http://bit.ly/1mr7zOi

Embed with Katharine Neil and Harvey Smith. | Embed with Games | http://bit.ly/Q2Ij1p

Technology and privacy law in the US will soon be shaped by people who don’t use email. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1ulCoVL

Social media

The censorship effect. | TechCrunch | http://tcrn.ch/1iXxZUC

Twitter is not dying. It’s on the cusp of getting much bigger. | Slate | http://slate.me/Snt9WJ

Why Facebook’s new ‘anonymous login’ matters. | Forbes | http://onforb.es/1kIW7JX

Domino’s adopts 24/7 social media monitoring. | Australian Financial Review | http://bit.ly/Snu49u

Department of Premier & Cabinet’s social media policy. | DPC Victoria | http://bit.ly/1oftQLE

Another questionable IP law suit over a derogatory twitter account.  | Technology & Marketing Law Blog | http://bit.ly/RgRNXX

4 May 2014

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MsLods’ news round-up: law + technology

Copyright

Why we filed an amicus brief in Garcia v Google: blaming 3rd parties has a serious impact on free speech. | Techdirt | http://bit.ly/1hBX0z

  • Last week was the much-anticipated oral argument before the Supreme Court in the Aereo case. Here’s some commentary from folk who camped out overnight to get a seat in the courtroom:

Ali Sternburg: 8 takeaways from the Aereo supreme court oral argument. | Project DisCo | http://bit.ly/PFwnm4

Sarah Jeong: Supreme court justices are not  good with computers. | Five Tweet Thoughts | http://bit.ly/1ffOdIX  

Parker Higgins: Every mention of the “cloud” in the Aereo Supreme Court argument. | http://bit.ly/1k6Xosi | Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJ_eX7HFTbQ

Defamation & media law

Australian, Thai journalists to face court on Thai navy defamation charges. | Australia Network News | http://ab.co/1lhxqoI

Twibel ruling: Tweeting that someone is “f**** crazy” is not defamatory. | Technology & Marketing Law | http://bit.ly/1lU0GVf

Google gagged: A public fight against a secret order. | LinkTV World News | http://bit.ly/1ry3MgR

Privacy & information security

All sent and received emails in Gmail will be analysed, says Google. | Ars Technica | http://bit.ly/1hyZCSI

Don’t share your location with your friends on WhatsApp. | Naked Security | http://bit.ly/1j0Jn1h

We asked Five Eyes what they were up to. Here’s what they said (updated post). | Privacy International | http://bit.ly/1ioOWXK

  • This past week I closely watched the hearings of the Senate Committee considering the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act#TIAInquiry:

Legal community has ‘grave concerns’ over new push for mass data collection. | The Guardian | http://bit.ly/1nQFtIS

My storify posts of tweets and commentary concerning the Senate  Committee hearings: http://bit.ly/1k6WZWS + http://bit.ly/1ioPRHx

Technology

Etsy, home of the handmade, takes on a wholesaler’s role. | New York Times | http://nyti.ms/1fjNi9Y

This guy hunts down the men behind revenge porn websites. |  Forbes | http://onforb.es/1j0K0b2

Tim Wu: The many deceptions at the heart of the Internet. | New Yorker | http://nyr.kr/1lTZOQE

Joss Whedon will make new movie available immediately online. | LA Times | http://lat.ms/1hz3bZj

Social media

Twitter suspends @JamesDean account: an impersonation rebel with(out) a cause? | The IPKat | http://bit.ly/1ffJVBa

Meet the man behind’s Twitter’s most infamous phrase. | Buzzfeed | http://bzfd.it/1ioP0qq

5 LinkedIn tips every lawyer should know. | Kevin O’Keefe | http://bit.ly/1ioP61f

Big data: Don’t let the billions of data points blind you to the problem of too few sources to check the results. | Brookings | http://bit.ly/1lUx5Xz

27 April 2014

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